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As a kid I was diagnosed with leukemia at the age of 2, had chemotherapy, was in remission, and then relapsed at the age of 4 and had more chemotherapy along with full body radiation and a very risky bone marrow transplant at Children's Memorial Hospital in Lincoln Park. My best friend, and 3rd oldest brother, was miracuously one of three possible bone-marrow matches in my family and volunteered to be my donor. Everything was a success and I ended up being cancer free for a little over 12 years.
After the 12 year mark we assumed that the radiation I received caused a tumor to form in my upper left jaw at the age of precisely 17, being that I got diagnosed basically on my 17th birthday. I had to have my whole upper left jaw and sinus removed and go through chemotherapy for 9 months which damaged by already weakened organs and left me with very thin hair.
Even with all these “bad” things I still think I got lucky because of all the love and support I received through my family, friends and loved ones. I am lucky because I can still say that I "kicked cancer's butt" once again. And I feel lucky because I am coming close to my 12th anniversary from my last diagnosis, which is also my 29th birthday.
I am trying to raise funds to possibly prevent children from going through what I have, and what so many other children have gone through as well.
This June, we will participate in the Lurie Cancer Center’s 26th Annual Cancer Survivors’ Celebration Walk & 5K. Our goals are to honor and celebrate cancer survivors, inspire those recently diagnosed, accelerate vital research to prevent, detect and treat cancer, and improve the lives of patients after treatment ends.
Please, please, please help us achieve these goals by making a gift here or to one of our team members.
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